Bride punched, lobster thrown at ex-Newcastle star’s £40,000 wedding

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Allerton Castle and Danny Guthrie (www.allertoncastle.co.uk / PA Photos)Allerton Castle and Danny Guthrie (www.allertoncastle.co.uk / PA Photos)

Police were called to one of Britain's greatest stately homes as the wedding of former Newcastle United star Danny Guthrie descended into a mass brawl.

Guests began throwing lobster thermidor at each other early in the evening during the reception at Allerton Castle near Harrogate.

Full-blown violence erupted later in the evening as Guthrie's bride Rebecca Middleman was reportedly punched in the face and sent to hospital for checks.

Staff at the venue - which was once owned by the brother of King George IV - told the Sunday Telegraph that the guests "behaved like peasants with money" and complained that the revellers at the 25-year-old footballer's £40,000 wedding were, "more Big Fat Gypsy Wedding than our usual clientele."

Former England schoolboy midfielder Guthrie, who came through the youth system at Liverpool, is currently a free agent after being released by Newcastle at the beginning of the month.

The first rumblings of trouble apparently began at the Wedding breakfast early in the evening, during which the lobster thermidor food fight took place.

And the violence apparently broke out in a marquee on the grounds of the castle at around 2am, with the police arriving to break up the violence at 2.25am.

Venue staff locked the doors after calm had been re-established, but police were called again at 4.50am when one of the guests apparently kicked a door down to gain re-entry.

"To say they behaved like peasants with money is an understatement," the source told the Telegraph. "They were obnoxious and disgusting. One could say it would be expected of a rough pub on a council estate, but then that's probably unfair to council estates.

"It was more Big Fat Gypsy Wedding than our usual clientele... Staff at the marquee had to remove candelabras from the tables in case of a fire risk. There were people staggering around drunk and some were sprawled out over the tables."

The paper's source claimed that staff are furious about what happened.

"We have not had so much as a phone call or letter of apology for this disgraceful and upsetting behaviour. Everything was dealt with properly here, it was about the guests and not the venue in any way.

"Thankfully, they were well away from the Castle itself. The Foundation has spent untold thousands in renovation, the damage could have been enormous."